High School Football

2nd round playoff recap: East St. Louis, Mater Dei post victories

Saturday was another busy day for metro-east football teams, as there was a huge slate of games. Here is a recap of Saturday’s action:

East St. Louis crushes Rock Island

A 42-point first quarter sent the East St. Louis Flyers to an easy 70-28 road win against Rock Island on Saturday in the second round of the IHSA Class 6A postseason.

The top-seeded Flyers improved to 11-0, while No. 9 seed Rock Island finished at 8-3.

Tyler Macon’s 16-yard touchdown run got East St. Louis going. Macon then connected with Keontez Lewis for a 47-yard scoring strike to make it 14-0. Macon then hit Dominic Lovett for a 49-yard touchdown pass before DaMonta Witherspoon rumbled in from 10 yards. Macon and Witherspoon added touchdown runs to cap the 42-point first quarter, which also included a pair of two-point conversion runs from Witherspoon and another two point conversion from Macon to Lawaun Powell, Jr.

Witherspoon added two touchdown runs in the second quarter and another two-point conversion run. Macon, meanwhile, connected with Lovett on a 36-yard scoring strike and added a two-point conversion run himself, as the Flyers led 64-14 at halftime.

DeAndre Lawrence’s 1-yard run in the fourth quarter capped the scoring for East St. Louis, which will face Oak Lawn Richards in a third round game next weekend. Macon finished with 223 yards passing on nine completions, while Witherspoon rushed for 206 yards on 19 carries.

Columbia rallies, but falls short

The second-seeded Eagles put up a furious fourth quarter rally, but ultimately fell to No. 10 seed Prairie Central 28-22 in an IHSA Class 4A playoff game.

Trailing 28-7 entering the final stanza, Columbia pulled within 28-22 on Nic Horner’s 40-yard scoring strike to Donavan Bieber and then Bieber’s 3-yard touchdown burst and subsequent two-point conversion run with 5:46 left. The Eagles, however, could draw no closer and finished their season at 10-1.

Ronnie Hunsaker’s 64-yard touchdown catch from Horner, folowed by Sam Horner’s PAT, put Columbia ahead 7-0 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. Prairie Central, however, scored 28 unanswered points before the Eagles’ late rally. Nic Horner finished with 187 yards passing.

Triad drops tough verdict to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

The 14th-seeded Knights saw their season end with a 27-13 setback to 11th-seeded Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.

Trailing 6-0, Triad went on top 7-6 early in the second quarter on Amaziah Lusk’s 27-yard touchdown pass from Logan Wongler. Josh Tanner added the point after.

Consecutive touchdowns put Triad in a 20-7 hole, but the Knights drew within 20-13 on Sam Yager’s 74-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. The point after failed. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, however, responded and went up 27-13 with just 1:18 left in the third quarter to keep the Knights at bay.

Wongler finished with 102 yards rushing on 21 carries. Triad finished the season at 7-4.

In other action Saturday:

  • Class 2A: (5) Nashville 28, (4) Bismarck (Co-op) 14 The Hornets improved to 10-1.

  • Class 3A: (5) Mater Dei 21, (10) Fairfield 6. The Knights improved to 10-1 while winning their 10th-straight game. Mater Dei will face Quincy Notre Dame in a third round match-up. The Knights defeated Quincy Notre Dame 43-20 earlier this season.

  • Class 8A: (1) Minooka 34, (16) Edwardsville 17. The Tigers finished the season at 8-3.

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